John. F. Kennedy was known for his numerous covert dalliances, almost as much as he was known for his three-year presidential tenure at the height of the Cold War.
John. F. Kennedy served as the 35th president of the US, elected to office in 1961. His tenure prematurely ended when he was assassinated towards the end of his third year in office.
Throughout his term in office, Kennedy was alleged to have carried on clandestine affairs without care. And now, decades after he was assassinated, discoveries keep surfacing about the women he took to bed, despite being a married man.
A younger Angie Dickinson and J. F. Kennedy | Source: Getty Images
His most popular affairs included Audrey Hepburn, film and stage actress Gene Tierney, Anita Ekberg, and Marlene Dietrich.
However, Kennedy did not limit his wayward ways to stage beauties. He was also known to carry on his infidelity stunts with White House Aides and secretaries like Mimi Alford.
While some of the alleged affairs remain just that — allegations — Christopher Andersen, who has also written biographies on Hillary Clinton, Princess Diana, and Mick Jagger, has shed new light on Kennedy's unrestricted affairs.
Angie Dickinson on April 14, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images
In the new e-book, "Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage," which was first published in 1997 as a biography, Andersen notes that Kennedy kept some of the affairs secret, which seemed to make them all the more intense.
Dickinson, however, reveals that Sinatra was not interested in having an actress for a wife.
KENNEDY'S MANY ALLEGED AFFAIRS
His marital union to Jacqueline Bouvier, who he married in 1953, notwithstanding, Kennedy always was a lady's man, with his wandering eye set on the gorgeous actresses that graced the screens back in the day.
President JFK at Washington Senators baseball game, early 1960s| Photo: Getty Images
Kennedy kept his affair with British actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn a secret for a long time, and it began after he felt seduced by Hepburn's sexy and naughty personality.
The late former president thought Hepburn was exquisite and would often invite her over. The "Roman Holiday" actress is reported to have shown a side of herself to him that was a far cry from the prim image she portrayed in her movie roles.
At only 22, Lee Remick, who starred in "Days of Wine and Roses," also had an affair with Kennedy. The young actress was often referred to as the epitome of intelligence and class. And it is only safe to say that Kennedy could not resist the beauty's charm.
President JFK in White House, early 1960s| Photo: Getty Images
Even though his wife Jacqueline had always known about his other involvements with the enchantresses, it was her husband's affair with Marilyn Monroe that worried her the most.
She feared that if the affair ever became known to the public, Monroe's previous involvement with mafia boss Sam Giancana would expose secrets only known to the family and possibly lead to Kennedy's impeachment.
John and Jackie Kennedy in the door of the White House, Washington, D.C., circa 1961 | Photo: Getty Images
KENNEDY'S AFFAIR WITH ANGIE DICKINSON
Kennedy's longest-running affair was with actress Angie Dickinson. Dickinson was taken with Kennedy from the first moment she set her eyes on him. The original "Ocean's 11" actress described Kennedy as the sexiest politician she had ever met, saying in an interview:
"He was the killer type, a devastatingly handsome, charming man - the kind of man your mother hoped you wouldn't marry."
The beautiful leading lady described intimacy with Kennedy as the most exciting moment of her life, adding that it would be bad manners to say more on the matter.
American President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) holds a press conference shortly after the successful manned space flight. | Source: Getty Images
Theirs was a long-running affair, and in the period between Kennedy's elections to the presidency and assuming power, the two enjoyed their quiet moments in Palm Springs, which was Kennedy's preferred hide-out due to its assurance of privacy.
Several witnesses confirmed that the affair was indeed a serious and prolonged one. Betty Spelding noted that the only possible reason the affair ended was that Kennedy wanted the presidency more than he did the affair.
Had it been possible to bring the honey-skinned beauty to the White House with him, he would have. It is reported that during his inauguration ball at the Startler-Hilton, the newly elected president disappeared for half an hour to have a private moment with Dickinson.
Angie Dickinson in Knightsbridge, London, on September 26, 1980 | Photo: Getty Images
DICKINSON DENIES THE AFFAIR
While it has been an open secret that Dickinson was one of Kennedy's clandestine affairs, she still vehemently denies it. Speaking with Mo Rocca for the Sunday profile of CBS News, Angie said of the alleged affair:
"There was no reason or no grounds for thinking that I was seeing him, and I wasn't."
Asked if Kennedy ever did make a move on her, Dickinson denied the suggestion. In a separate interview, The "Big Bad Mama" actress denied the allegations saying that she had seen Kennedy's potential as a president long before many people did.
Portrait of Angie Dickinson circa 1967 | Photo: Getty Images
She says she had barnstormed and campaigned for Kennedy across Utah, Indiana, Idaho, and Nebraska, but that was about it. She refused to comment further on the accusations, saying she would reveal further thoughts only to her confessor.
HER RELATIONSHIP WITH FRANK SINATRA
In 1960, Dickinson co-starred in "Ocean 11," alongside singer and actor Frank Sinatra. And from their chemistry on-set, a relationship was born.
This was, however, not the first time the two movie stars were meeting. Their first encounter was way back in 1953 when Dickinson appeared on the "Colgate Comedy Hour," and Sinatra had his bodyguard summon her to his dressing room.
Headshot of Angie Dickinson, US actress, circa 1965. | Source: Getty Images
The "High Society" actor asked Dickinson if she was romantically attached to anyone at the time, and she said she was. Sinatra, however, insisted on having her number.
The "Dressed to Kill" actress referred to Sinatra as one of the most charismatic men to have ever lived, adding that he had a fantastic voice.
Their second encounter during the shooting of "Ocean's 11," in which Dickinson played Sinatra's on-screen wife, ended in a relationship, and the two almost got married in 1964.
Burt Bacharach, wife Angie Dickinson, and daughter Lea Nikki in their Hollywood home in June 1969 | Photo: Getty Images
Dickinson, however, reveals that Sinatra was not interested in having an actress for a wife. She was also not comfortable with Sinatra's late-night lifestyle. Speaking to Mo Rocca on the same, she said:
“And I actually didn’t want to marry him. So I didn’t want him to ask me to marry him. Because I didn’t want to say no to Frank Sinatra.”
After the marriage that almost was, Dickinson married Burt Bacharach in 1965, and together, they had a daughter, Lea Nikki Bacharach. Dickinson, however, admits that Bacharach did not love her the way she would have wanted to be loved.
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